Tasmania v NSW, Ryobi Cup, Hobart February 11, 2013

Sandhu, Dawson deliver victory for Blues

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New South Wales 4 for 246 (Dawson 124*, Cruickshank 61) beat Tasmania 209 (Silk 54, Sandhu 5-35) by 37 runs

Gurinder Sandhu worked his way through Tasmania's batting after David Dawson anchored New South Wales to a strong total in the Blues' 37-run victory over the Tigers in the domestic limited overs match at Bellerive Oval.

Playing only his second match for NSW, Sandhu bowled his fast medium seamers with discipline, intelligence and well concealed changes of pace to ensure the hosts finished well short of the Blues' 4 for 246.

That total was built upon the sturdy innings of the former Tasmanian Dawson, who batted through the innings and struck 12 boundaries in a tidy display against his ex-teammates.

The Tigers' chase was on course at 1 for 58, but the young legspinner Adam Zampa claimed the pivotal wicket of Ricky Ponting, who misread the length and bounce of a leg break and was neatly held behind the stumps by Peter Nevill after attempting to cut.

Luke Doran's left-arm spin also proved useful, harvesting a trio of wickets, while the young batsman Jordan Silk - an accomplished substitute fielder for Australia against Sri Lanka in last year's Hobart Test - provided the only major resistance as Tasmania fell well short.

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  • Patrick on February 12, 2013, 2:21 GMT

    With so many NSW players either in India or in the Aus ODI squad it's interesting to see a lot of different players. And why is Travis Birt playing in the BPL rather than for his state? That is a mystery to me.

  • Peter on February 11, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    @CricketMaan Maybe if you get yourself to some NSW games when they are both playing, you may see them or as Ken McCarron has suggested, some early season grade games down at Sutherland might appease your curiosity. Zampa, btw, has a long way to go before he is ready for higher honours, but he is a talent who needs to be nurtered.

  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Well, @CricketMaan, I have seen Adam Zampa and Steve Smith bowl in tandem for the Sutherland Sharks in Sydney Grade Cricket - where Zampa is clearly the first option as a spinner and Smith a top order batsman which is what he was when he came into the first grade side as a 16 year old. That's considering the top order at the Sharks in a recent couple of matches was Shane Watson, Nic Maddinson, Smith and Phil Jaques.

  • Satish on February 11, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    Thats it FLY Adam Zampa over to India save Xavier the humiliation.The yougnster Zampa may have a tough time but hey SK Warne has struggle over there too initially so this would be a great experince for Zampa.Oz can finally play a legspinner again and that too a wicket taking one.Who knows in 12 years we may be saying on similar site like this, Zampa the only Oz spinner to take 500 wicktes after SK Warne.Jast saying.

  • Sriram on February 11, 2013, 13:55 GMT

    So will we see Zampa in Ashes along with Steven Smith bowling in tandem?

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